Can anyone explain to me why it is significantly cheaper to buy fake food than it is to buy fruits and vegetables? I can understand there is some geographic logistics, but I only purchase produce the USA in the winter ( and my CSA in the summer). So my food isn't traveling from Australia. I did have an Australian orange once while living in California. It seemed ridiculous and it was. It tasted terrible. I am a vegetarian and I don't eat fake meat regularly. (maybe once every 3 months) Yet my bill still ends up in the $60+ range. I only shop in the perimeter of the store with the exception of the occasional frozen veggies, canned beans, rice, pasta, and coffee. It drives me bonkers when the person in front of me has a whole cart filled with garbage and their bill is less than mine. Shouldn't I get a healthy living refund? I am struggling to save money for some trips I'd like to take this year and have found that my grocery bill is higher than it should be, but I don't want to trade healthy meals for a trip to London/Amsterdam ( I sort of do, but not really.)
How do you save money and still eat well ?
Not real food.